Leisure reimagined at intu Lakeside
The UK’s first retail resort, the new £72 million leisure development at intu Lakeside, is already having a transformative effect on the region. The expansion is set to increase the 20 million footfall a year by more than two million and transform the centre into a major south east tourist destination.
The scheme is already a top five UK regional shopping centre, providing 255 brands across 1.66 million sq ft of space. Two former car parks overlooking a 22-acre lake have been transformed into the 225,000 sq ft development and includes 7,000 sq ft of public realm space.
The line-up includes one of the largest Hollywood Bowl centres in the UK, the second site for hi-tech mini-golf operator Puttshack and trampoline park operator brand Flip Out, the first Market Halls outside of London, new brands Chiktopia and Casco Lounge as well as Zizzi and TGI Fridays.
A 56,000 sq ft Nickelodeon family entertainment centre, will provide a unique anchor for the leisure
development later in the year. Here’s what customers are saying:
“intu is focused on bringing together the very
best leisure and retail experiences and this is driving
footfall and creating compelling environments where
operators like us can thrive. Our latest centre is one
of the largest developments in our estate and we are
confident that it will flourish at intu Lakeside’s new,
Laurence Keen, CFO of Hollywood Bowl Group
“The leisure development is a fantastic place to
spend time and offers a compelling experience for
customers that is driving footfall and creating an
environment for operators like us to thrive.”
Shaf Allyman, general manager at Flip Out
“This is an exciting avenue for Market Halls. The Hall will provide a new and vibrant social dining option for the 20 million visitors to intu Lakeside every year.”
Andy Lewis-Pratt, CEO of Market Halls
“It’s unusual for a start-up concept to have such
a high profile first site but credit to everyone at intu
who has taken the time to really understand our
Alastair Gordon, managing director of Chiktopia
“River Island is delighted to have doubled the
size of its current retail space at intu Lakeside. The
combination of a loyal and high spending customer
base, vibrant retail mix and the enhanced leisure offer
make it the perfect location to create a new
and exciting flagship.”
Frances Baker, property director at River Island
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